For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Idaho’s 6-Week Copycat Abortion Ban
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Gov. Brad Little signed into law a near-total abortion ban in Idaho (S.B. 1309). This copycat ban mimics the most restrictive abortion law in the country, Texas’ S.B. 8, by banning nearly all abortions after approximately six weeks of pregnancy and empowering private citizens to enforce it. Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, released the following statement:
“EMILYs List condemns this dangerous and harmful measure to deny reproductive freedom to the people of Idaho. Time and time again, Republican lawmakers have demonstrated that rather than trust us to make our own decisions about our future and whether and if to start a family, they believe government should have control. With abortion rights at risk now more than ever, it’s time that our legislators stop these politically motivated attacks and ensure that people have equal access to abortion care no matter where they live. This will not be the last Texas S.B. 8 copycat bill that is signed into law this year, which is why we know it’s critical to elect Democratic pro-choice women to office who will fight against this dangerous agenda in state legislatures across the country.”
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